Guwahati, August 13: Following the Supreme Court’s order, the Assam government has informed the Centre about its views on the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in relation to the provisions of filing the claims and objections in the updated process of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.
The apex court has asked the Centre to prepare an SOP and has also pulled up the State NRC Coordinator and the Registrar General of India for speaking to the media about the SOP.
The Council of Ministers met at the State Secretariat on Sunday to discuss the NRC issue. The meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
State Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya told mediapersons that after taking the views of the various organisations and individuals into consideration, the Assam government shared its view on the SOP to the Centre. He also mentioned that the final decision on the SOP would be taken by the Supreme Court.
The next hearing of the Supreme Court on the NRC issue is scheduled on August 16.
The Assam government released the second and final draft of NRC on July 30. 2,89, 83,677 persons were found eligible out of 3,29,91,384 applicants in the final draft of the NRC. Names of 4,007,707 people were not included in the final draft NRC.
The first draft was released on December 31 (midnight), 2017.
The NRC contains names of Indian citizens of Assam. The NRC was prepared in 1951, after the Census of 1951. The 1951 NRC is being updated in Assam to weed out foreigners. The NRC Updation of 2014-2016 across Assam includes the names of those persons (or their descendants) who appear in the NRC 1951, or in any of the Electoral Rolls up to the midnight of March 24, 1971 or in any one of the other admissible documents issued up to the midnight of March 24, 1971, which would prove their presence in Assam on or before March 24, 1971.